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PSRE from COUVA with REGISTRATION NOT ACTIVATED, Trinidad postal history
1890 use of QV 2d PSRE with added QV 4d grey, pair QV 6d olive-black (SG.110,111) pmk'd COUVA B/NO 6 90 to Bishop Auckland, England arriving A/NO 20 90 being an extremely rare example of quadruple 4d postage but due failure to transit through Port Of Spain (circumstances of interruption not yet established) the 2d registration fee could not be employed resulting in there being no Head Office transit cds, no registration label affixed by Port of Spain, and no hooded REGISTERED LONDON transit cds being all the requirements of secure mail.
Mail left Port of Spain NO 6 1890, arrived Barbados NO 8 1890, arrived Plymouth NO 19 1890 as per RMSP homeward schedule attached.
£350


RETRIEVED STOLEN REGISTERED MAIL from PROSECUTING SOLICITORS FILES, Trinidad postal history
1874 cover front to Joseph Veira, Fish Market Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts twice handstruck red str. line "REGISTERED" with 1/- chrome-yellow (SG.74) paying 6d inter-island postage plus 6d reg. fee. Pmk'd SP 8 1874 and rated red "4" and endorsed with "contents not shown/stated no money/(initials)". Missing is the reverse which would have had wax seals but no backstamps, and the case file number "14876/74" as this cover front was evidence in the prosecuting solicitors files against a corrupt postal official.
Three retrieved stolen mail registered covers and one cover front are currently known for period spanning JY 26 1874 to SP 8 1874 all addressed St. Kitts from case file "14876/74". The JY 26 1874 to Mrs Alice Davoren, Palmetto Point with Colonial Postmaster/Trinidad (large stop at base) impressed into reverse wax seal, three dated SP 8 1874 comprising full cover and cover front to Joseph Veira, and to Miss Margaret Rennels, Dieppe Bay (Marriott Lot 378 realised £2,875) with Colonial Postmaster/Trinidad (rosette at base) and POST OFFICE/(arms)/SAN FERNANDO red wax seals on second.
£1250

ST. KITTS PAID (used during shortage 4d stamps for over 300 sea miles rate) to TRINIDAD
1889 stampless cover to Port of Spain, Trinidad with the (4d) rate covered by black undated ST. KITTS PAID with ST. KITTS C/NO 21 89 despatch and TRINIDAD C/NO 29 89 arrival alongside. Flap largely removed, the only cover with three cancels on face and sharing the earliest known use date, unique as such. Ex BROOKES.
The 1889 shortage of ½d, 1d, 2½d, 4d stamps currently spans a 22 day period NO 21 1889 to DE 12 1889. New supplies were invoiced NO 29 1889 comprising ½d dull green (6,080 stamps), 1d carmine-rose, 2½d ultramarine, 4d grey (6,100 each) all Crown CA wmk, with expected arrival in time for the DE 19 89 sailing to UK. Only four covers and two cover fronts are recorded comprising NO 21 89 (at the over 300 miles rate) to Trinidad, NO 21 89 and DE 5 89 cover fronts (at the 4d UPU rate) to Edinburgh and London respectively, DE 5 89 and DE 12 89 (at the 2½d under 300 miles radius rate) to Barbados and Antigua respectively, and DE 10 89 (at the 1d local rate) to Nevis.
£1400



EARLIEST LETTER FROM OROPOUCHE, TRINIDAD postal history
1863 cover marked "Oropouche" from Robert Greenidge (FE 10) to Carrey & Co., Port of Spain with 1861 (1d) rose-red (SG.52) tied oval of bars "2" (Type 0.3 used San Fernando), backstamped 2/FE 13 63 and 1/FE 16 63 cds.
Michael Rego explains that the Post Office at Oropouche in the early 1860's was only manned by a Police Chief Constable, no deliveries were made, these only applied at the town of Port of Spain and San Fernando, the latter having one postmaster and two delivery men. Therefore a letter posted at Oropouche was taken by a government contracted rowing boat to the passing gulf steamer off Oropouche on its was to San Fernando where the postmaster cancelled the stamp. Prior to proper jetties being built the row boats picked up the mail with any passengers about a half mile from the land to the steamer.
£650



TRINIDAD - an exceptional destination cover to Malta
1871 cover to the Very Revd Father Philip, Franciscan, St. Mary of Jesus, Malta with undenominated (1d) scarlet, and difficult to read by gas-light value tablets 4d bright violet, 1/- lilac-rose (SG.69c,70,73a) each neatly tied by very fine strikes upright type 0.2 “6” numerals used at Arouca. Bagged at Head Office with red TRINIDAD PAID dbl-arc dated SP 8 1871 and showing London Paid 30 OC 71 transit, red crayon 1/4, and black handstruck “VIA MARSEILLES” for onward transmission. B/stamped clear 6/SP 8 1871 despatch cds (applied Arouca) and fine A/MALTA/OC 10 71 arrival cds. A most attractive three colour combination, and one of Trinidad’s finest destination covers for the classic period. Ex Sir John MARRIOTT.
Note: Type 0.2 '6' shows distinctive break midway left side. No examples Type 0.2 '9' have been established. With the arrival of new colours 4d grey and 1/- chrome (sent JY 13 1872) the impractical gaslight combinations of similar coloured mauves, purples and lilacs came to an abrupt end.
£4000
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